Continental Mountain King ProTection 27.5x2.2 tyre review£50.00

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Cheaper versions of Continental’s Mountain King are a regular feature when buying a complete bike. However, paying extra for the full-spec Protection version gets you a much tougher carcass and a more advanced Black Chili rubber compound.

The Protection layer wraps round almost the full carcass from just above the tubeless-compatible beads on either side and adds scuff and sharp protection. The flat, folded delivery means they’re not the simplest tubeless fit, but you can get a reliable seal on most rims in the end.

Small volume for a 2.2in means they tend to ricochet around rather than roll through trouble. But they never feel harsh and the 2.4 is massive if you want big volume.

Rather than multiple compounds in different places, Continental uses an intermediate Black Chili rubber compound. The wide spaced, relatively tall block tread gives decent braking and driving traction in soft or loose conditions and the compound hangs on well on better-groomed or bermed trails.

Wear life is very good, which increases real-world value for money, and despite a growly feel they roll okay too. You’ll still need to be wary of trusting the edge and cornering grip too much in really wet, rooty and rocky conditions, as the shoulder tread is a long way round the side of the carcass with a noticeable gap to get there.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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